We don't know about you, but we love a good
moon ritual. But, when every month seems busier than the last, it can be difficult to keep track of even the most important lunar events. Full moons are awesome opportunities to reflect on your life, and no one should have to miss out on that. So we're rounding up the dates and times for all of the full moons and new moons to come this year.
Many people already understand the significance of full moons, but what about
new moons? New moons occur when the moon is between the sun and the Earth with the dark side pointed toward Earth, which means we can't actually see these moons. Spiritually speaking, there's one key difference: Where each month's full moon has corresponding symbols among nature-based faiths, new moons don't. This phase of the moon is still significant, however, since new moons are particularly good times to reflect on personal growth, according to Pagan faiths. But they don't tend to have fancy names like some full moons do.
Ahead, the most important lunar dates of 2017. We'll be updating this post as the year progresses, so be sure to check back each month to keep your calendar up to date.
Full Moon The Wolf Moon or the Cold Moon crested on January 12, at 6:34 a.m. EST. As the first full moon of 2017, this event was all about setting intentions for the year to come. Whether that meant making to-do lists or taking time for some self-care, looking ahead was the thing to do. Illustrated by Isabella DiMarzio. More
New Moon The moon waned to complete invisibility on January 27, at 7:08 p.m. EST. Illustrated by Isabella DiMarzio. More Story Continues
New Moon This month's new moon arrived at 10 a.m. EST on Sunday, February 26. Illustrated by Isabella DiMarzio. More
Full Moon Sunday, March 12, saw the Worm Moon (also known as the Storm Moon) reach its crest at 10:54 a.m. EST. This full moon has many other names within different Pagan traditions, but what it represents remains consistent: As the seasons change, tumultuousness is a given, but with them comes new life and opportunities. Illustrated by Isabella DiMarzio. More
New Moon We watched the skies go dark on March 27, at 10:59 p.m. EST. Illustrated by Isabella DiMarzio. More
Full Moon This month's full moon carries some of the same themes as last month's, including fertility and rebirth. What sets April's Wind Moon — or Pink Moon — apart is that it encourages you to reflect upon what you can control, too. Where March asked people to put changes into action, April says to consider how you might be able to curb some of those changes with your actions, too. This full moon reached its peak at 2:08 a.m. EST on April 11. Illustrated by Isabella DiMarzio. More
New Moon April's new moon crested at 8:16 a.m. EST on April 26. Illustrated by Isabella DiMarzio. More
May Full Moon Don't be surprised if you feel more in touch with your warm-and-fuzzy side during this full moon, known as the Flower Moon. This is a perfect time to play caregiver to your friends, indulge in some self-care, or commit to your S.O. in a whole new way. We saw the full Flower Moon on May 10 at 5:43 p.m. EST. More
May New Moon This month's new moon took place at 3:44 p.m. EST on May 25. More
June Full Moon June's Strong Sun Moon, also known as the Strawberry Moon or the Lover's Moon, starts your summer off on a high note. This full moon will stoke your spontaneity, enthusiasm, and love of the outdoors — the days are getting longer and warmer, so the time for adventures is now. The moon reached its fullness on June 9 at 9:11 a.m. EST. More
June New Moon This month, the moon went completely dark on June 23 at 10:31 p.m. EST. More
July Full Moon This month's full moon, known as the Buck Moon or Blessing Moon encourages us to, quite literally, count our blessings at this time of year, from personal successes to the general warmth of summer. This year, the Buck Moon hit fullness on Sunday, July 9, at 12:07 a.m. EST. More
July New Moon The moon reached this phase on July 23, at 5:46 a.m. EST. More
August Full Moon The Sturgeon Moon, also known as the Corn Moon, waxed to fullness on August 7 at 2:11 p.m. EST. This time of year calls for tough decisions, hard work, and long term plans. This may sound like a drag now, but you'll see the fruits of your labor soon enough. More
August New Moon This month's new moon was upon us on August 21 at 2:30 p.m. EST. More
September Full Moon The Harvest Moon arrived on September 6, at 3:02 a.m. EST. All that work you did many moons ago will start paying off during this lunation — but this moon's energy will be quick to remind you that your work for the year is not yet over. More
September New Moon The September new moon arrived on September 20 at 1:29 a.m. EST. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Beyond The Sugar Skull — What We Can Really Learn From The Day Of The Dead Your November Horoscope, Revealed What Living One Block Away From A Funeral Home Has Taught Me About Death